Beth Kling’s “Aplomb” shawl features a dramatic edging that you knit onto the body stitches as you go. No binding off ‘loosely’ or unpicking a provisional cast-on, you are essentially casting-off while adding flair.

The edging is not difficult for a more advanced knitter, and completely doable for an intermediate knitter who wants to stretch their skills. In fact, the chart and instructions are so cleanly written it's likely you won't need the tutorial at all! Nevertheless, we put together a quick photo tutorial to guide you through the tricky spots.

In this tutorial you'll see:

-How to get from the ‘Set-Up for Edging’ to cruising through Chart A

-How to join your knitted edging

-How to make and drop multiple YOs

Let’s get started! Here we have a small swatch in the Pop Rocks/Silver Fox color option with a few stripes that will stand in for what Beth calls the “Main Body of the shawl”.


Set-Up for Edging

After your last row of the main body of the shawl, knit one stitch in CC and move it back to the left hand needle.

Using cable cast-on, cast-on fifteen more stitches. 

Your left hand needle should look like this.


Now you can begin Row 1 of Chart A.


Joining Lace Edge to Shawl

My favorite feature of this shawl is how seamlessly the edging joins with the main body of the shawl. All you have to do is work the chart as written!

At the end of all right side rows, you SSK one edging stitch and one stitch from the body of the shawl.

Here's what you should have after the SSK. 

In the photo above, the SSK uses two stitches in CC. But note that every time after Row 1, your SSK to join the edge to the body of the shawl will have consist of one MC and one CC stitch.


How to Make and Drop Multiple YOs

The sawtooth lace is made by working and dropping multiple YOs. I’ll be honest, it feels a bit crazy until you have couple repeats of the pattern on your needles. It took me a couple of tries before I got the hang of it, so here I’ll walk you through the places that tripped me up.

When you’re working through the row, check to make sure you have the correct number of YOs. As you can see, here we are at the end of Row 2 and we have a total of twenty four sts in CC.

Now ignore your knitter’s instincts and drop the YOs you just made on the next row. Be careful to only drop the YOs. When you drop the YOs the bars between the worked stitches gets very loose and it is very easy to drop stitches you don’t want to drop.


Cast-Off + Backwards Loop

To create the points on the edging, you will be casting off five stitches, and then using backwards loop to cast on five stitches in the next row of the chart.
Here are pictures of a row with five stitches cast off (Row 5) and a photo of a row with five stitches added using backwards loop (Row 6).

Once you get a few repeats on your needles, the SSKs start to stack up in a nice clean line - so lovely! 

Ready to knit your own "Aplomb"? Get the complete project, or just what you need here.

Happy knitting!
Emma G.